After school Darrell and Tallah entered the modest establishment owned by Darrell's grandfather. Old-timers in waiting chairs lining the room resembled gargoyles on a cathedral.

"Gone are the days..." an octogenarian who had come in regularly like clockwork for about thirty years (because the geriatric character discovered he could get a buzz cut and his nose hairs clipped in less than seven minutes, then slip between the barber chair to a stool at the dive bar across the street and still get home in time before his wife began to wonder), reminisced that this building originally was a fuel company. Potbelly stoves were showcased in the storefront windows. A large scale embedded in the parking lot for trucks to weigh loads of coal had been paved over with asphalt because it was easier than removing it.

Darrell asked, "Gramps, can I show Tallah some of the old stuff in back?"

Without looking up from his work the boy's kind-eyed grandpa sporting a fohawk, ear gauges, neckbeard, a short sleeve smock, and cargo shorts that exposed multiple tattoos answered, "Sure, but be careful." The twelve-year-olds passed the large mirrored back bar that was crowded with aftershave lotions and family pictures. They turned the corner by the thermostat permanently set at a frugal 64 degrees to a door leading to a storage warehouse in the back half of the building.

Penny gum machine on counter of Valley Barber Shop in Puyallup, WA

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